Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fighting for Time
—Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Though driven away in the first hour of the battle, the Confederates fought their way back into these works by 7 a.m. For the rest of the day they weathered repeated attacks, as Union troops built ragged, impromptu works to their front in an effort to close on the Confederate position. The fighting here transformed the landscape; the scars remain.
Ultimately the Confederates held this line long enough for Lee to establish a new line, a mile behind you. The cost: hundreds killed and wounded, all for nothing more substantial than ticks on the clock and a few inches of ravaged landscape.
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 13.247′ N, 77° 35.605′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Gordon Touch for map. Located on a pull-over where Gordon Drive becomes Grant Drive, at tour stop six on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Mass Capture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederate Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works (approx. ¼ mile away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Dawn Assault (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (approx. 0.3 miles away); The McCoull House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial photograph of the area. A dotted line at the bottom of the marker indicates the new line Lee was building to the south.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 7, 2014, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5. submitted on April 7, 2014, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.